institution (social institution)

(noun) “A custom or organization that has long been held as an important feature of some group or society” (Princeton University 2010).

Example: The education system, the economy, government, family, mass media, religion, and sports.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: institutions
  • The terms institution and social institution are used interchangeably in a sociological context.

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